Darling Southern Wedding by Ashley Seawell Photography
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Darling Southern Wedding by Ashley Seawell Photography

We’re just plain in love with this elegant and glamorous southern wedding day photographed by Ashley Seawell Photography. From the magnolias to the white paper flowers and the bride’s Jim Hjelm wedding gown, everything is darling.

 sparkling gold Badgley Mischka bridal heels
How did you fall in love… become engaged?  Share your story with us!
Mark and I met in January of 2012 when a mutual friend set us up on a blind date.  After grabbing some sushi at a nearby restaurant, Mark dropped me off at my car and hurried into his apartment.  I honestly didn’t think I would ever hear from him again.  However, he later admitted that he was really nervous and actually ran into the house to call his mom to tell her how great the date had gone.  The following day, I heard from him again and we spent the beginning of 2012 getting to know each other, traveling, and enjoying all the fun and exciting things new love brings.  After several months of dating, we both knew that our relationship was something different and unique.  Mark planned an unforgettable surprise engagement at Lake Burton; a place that we had both grown to love together.

gold rimmed and accented wedding invitations bride and grooms wedding rings shown against their invitations
What inspired your wedding?
As we began planning our wedding Mark and I agreed that we wanted our celebration to be Christ-centered, romantic, and timeless.  When we met with our wedding planner the initial words we used to describe the vision for our wedding were elegant, classic and glamorous.  Because of our love for entertaining we wanted to share an intimate meal followed by drinks and dancing with our closest family and friends.  We used this vision to piece together the most unforgettable and important day of our lives.

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What colors, themes, and handmade elements did you include in your wedding day?
Our colors included ivory, gold, and other neutrals with lots of fresh greenery.  We were intentional with the details and many of our family members and closet friends helped to make our wedding day so special.  My uncle designed the flower arrangements, my sister created our invitations, and many other family members contributed their talents to make every detail meaningful and special.  This included, my mother-in-law being the one who did my hair while Mark’s cousin (a pastor in Memphis) was the one who officiated the ceremony.

Some of our most unforgettable details were the large ivory paper flowers that adorned the walls of the reception hall, hundreds of candles that created an intimate soft lighting, and a fresh magnolia garland that lined the estate table and window sills.  In keeping with the intimate dinner theme, we opted to have our meal served family-style, complete with a dinner bell being rung before it was served.  To help achieve the glamorous vibe, Mark changed into a white dinner jacket for the reception and we left in a 56 Bentley as our guests enjoyed one of our favorite Southern treats, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.

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What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
One of my fondest memories of the day was sitting at the dinner table with my handsome husband and being surrounded by our family and friends.  Looking down the estate table I could see our parents laughing, friends having fun, and other family members sharing in warm conversations.  I was completely overtaken by all of the love and support surrounding us and knowing that I would spend the rest of my life with such an incredible man.

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What advice do you have to share with future brides?
Focus on the ceremony and the vows that you make.  Mark and I chose to write our own vows and share them with one another the day of our wedding.  These promises are the most important commitment that we will ever make.  Make them personal and make them your own.

happy and smiling bride and groom exiting reception through aisle of sparklers
Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography | Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church Of Decatur – Rutland Chapel| Reception Venue: Old Courthouse On The Square | Rentals: The Rented Event | Music: 24/7 Band | Floral Design: Olive Hill Florist | Event Planning: Soiree Blue | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Makeup Couture | Invitations: Jessi Patton | Catering: Zest | Groom’s Cake: Anne Kathleen Cakes